Tired of this never-ending winter?
Heat things up as we join Community Music School for ‘¡Viva Musica!, a Red Hot Fandango’.
April 5th 2014 – Community Music School’s Annual Fundraiser
Bring on the romance with Sangria &  Spanish tapas, and then onto a three-course wine dinner prepared by award-winning A Thyme to Cook paired with a fabulous selection of Angelini Wines.   Great food, great wine, and great music of course!  Enjoy the sounds of Latin music and the Fandango performed by CMS faculty musicians while dancing the night away under the elegant sail cloth tent.
Are you a foodie?  If you are local, you know that A Thyme to Cook never disappoints!  Your palate will be pleased with the Spanish inspired menu starting with mussels tossed in a tomato saffron fennel broth,  and on to roasted smoked paprika cod with local greens and sherry-soaked raisins and pine nuts,  and almond crusted pork tenderloin with grilled shrimp, pequillo pepper/braised radish/olive escabeche, served with garbanzo bean/lemon mash.
Each course will be carefully paired with the following wine selections:
Save room!  A decadent dessert bar will follow this fabulous dinner party.
Lastly, did we mention RED HOT AUCTION ITEMS?
One-week stay for up to six people at Azienda Agricola Angelini
This year, members of the Angelini family are donating a very special opportunity as part of the fundraiser’s silent auction.  Bid on  a relaxing one-week stay for up to six people at Azienda Agricola Angelini, the Angelini family estate and vineyard, which is nestled 1,000 feet above sea level in the small farming village of San Lorenzo in Campo, Italy. The 200-acre farm, with eight acres of vineyards, has been in the family for more than three generations. The week also includes a tour of the vineyard and a barrel tasting.
Old World Traditional Pasta Making with Mrs. Angelini
A native of Pergola, Italy, Mrs. Lillian Angelini with Mrs. Renee Angelini will spend an afternoon with you and 5 friends demonstrating the tastes and traditions of homemade pasta! You’ll learn how to make the noodles from scratch and assemble an authentic multi-layered Italian lasagna. Each of your friends will take home a lasagna, too! Toast your accomplishments with Angelini Sangiovese Riserva. Buon Appetito!  Beginning Tuesday, April 1st you can pre-bid on an auction item, even if you are unable to join us for the Gala.  Other auction items can be previewed at
Tickets for the evening are $150 per person ($60 is tax deductible). Sponsor tickets of $200 per person, which provide a greater charitable gift ($110 is tax deductible), are also available. Tickets may be purchased at, at the school located at 90 Main Street in the Centerbrook section of Essex, or by calling 860-767-0026.
Support of the Community Music School annual gala provides the resources necessary to offer scholarships to students with a financial need, music therapy services, and outreach through arts education and community concerts.  The Community Music School is a private, non-profit organization.
Hope to see you there!